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How do you teach your dog to NOT JUMP on you if you dont wanna play
Nov 08, 2008
You need to take the time to train your dog how to greet you. Don't wait for him to jump on you to train him. It's easy to teach good manners proactively. Lots of good suggestions have been offered in the Answers. Dogs read your body language long before they listen to your words so use your gentle body language first by turning away, and even leaving the room if necessary. Don't say anything yet. (And when you do name the command, make sure it's not a word you already use for a command like "down." Does down mean lie down on your belly or does it mean "off" or does it mean "four-on-the-foor?" You have to be clear with your words and your actions.) For initial practice it may help to put a leash on him and tie him so he can't follow you. Then get some yummy, healthy, tiny treats. Don't tease your dog with them. Just casually hold them out of sight. Then approach your dog, and if he jumps up then simply turn away and take a step just out of reach. Give him a couple of seconds and then turn toward him again (don't say anything just be calm), if he remains standing or even sits, then quickly give him one treat, put your thumb down through his collar and stroke him (don't pat him on the head - they hate that). If he jumps up, then calmly just turn away and remain out of jumping range. Wait a couple of seconds and approach again. Repeat until he quits jumping. If you really feel he isn't getting it after 4 or 5 tries then turn toward him and ask him to sit. Quickly, while he's sitting, give him one treat and praise. Be ready to step back if he jumps (a thumb through his collar prevents a jump and helps him learn he gets your attention for remaining in place). He hasn't learned the good behavior just yet but he will get it quickly once he learns that keeping his feet or his bottom on the floor earns him a treat. You will likely find that when he's first learning what you want, he will jump up quickly, then start hesitating and jumping, then hesitating longer and longer before he jumps. Catch him doing the right thing. Don't fuss at him. Catch him while he's hesitating (before jumping up) and quickly reward him for having four-on-the-floor. You can decide if you want him just to stand to meet you or to sit. Just decide what you want and teach him with kindness. If he jumps, you don't fuss or hurt him, just make it not work for him by turning away and staying out of range. Practice in short 3-5 minute sessions. When he's good at not jumping on you with the leash tied to something then start practicing with the leash off. Once he learns not to jump that way then continue to teach him by working in different places. Every new behavior you teach needs to be perfected in one place, then re-taught in at least 4 other places so the dog can gradually generalize it to "Oh, I always greet by standing or sitting, never by jumping, no matter where I am." Practice with other people later on, too. Good luck, good patience! : )
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